Singer 128-13 Vibrating Shuttle Problems

Katie, my Singer 128-13, has been having fits all weekend. Out of nowhere it started making an awful ka-chunking sound while sewing and I was afraid it would break another needle, like it did the first night I had it, so I had to stop sewing and try to assess the problem. I cleaned it, … Continue reading Singer 128-13 Vibrating Shuttle Problems

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Let’s Take 1930’s Home Economics Together! Chapter Two: Spending Our Time and Money

Last time in the series on home economics, we learned about good grooming. Today, for our second lesson from "The Mode in Dress and Home" by Dulcie Godlove Donovan, we will be learning about budgeting our time and money - see, people were talking about time management even way back in the 1930's! I found … Continue reading Let’s Take 1930’s Home Economics Together! Chapter Two: Spending Our Time and Money

Pollyanna (1913) and Pollyanna Grows Up (1927 edition) by Eleanor Hodgman Porter

Today I'd like to share my first edition copy of Pollyanna by Eleanor Hodgman Porter, as well as my copy of Pollyanna Grows Up, which was first published in 1915, mine is the 1927 edition. Some may remember the story of the nearly insufferably positive and "glad" orphan Pollyanna Harrington from the 1960 Disney movie … Continue reading Pollyanna (1913) and Pollyanna Grows Up (1927 edition) by Eleanor Hodgman Porter

McCall’s New Complete Book of Sewing and Dressmaking, 1957 edition, plus thoughts on sewing and self esteem

I love the illustrations and photographs in this book - so pretty, so 1950's. The book is filled with good, practical advice and techniques, but also has interesting little asides - for example, the "no one likes herself!" section. Of course, they then go on to tell you that you can make clothes that will … Continue reading McCall’s New Complete Book of Sewing and Dressmaking, 1957 edition, plus thoughts on sewing and self esteem

Spotlight: The Andrews Sisters, featuring “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”

(Image Source: Wikipedia) The Andrews Sisters were actual sisters LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews who sang together in a close harmony group during the swing and boogie-woogie eras. During WWII they toured extensively entertaining the Allied forces with songs such as the one I'm featuring today, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." I love these gals, watching … Continue reading Spotlight: The Andrews Sisters, featuring “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”